Environmental Compliance Approvals

Environmental Compliance Approvals

By law, a business must have an environmental approval or registration from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change if it:

• Releases pollutants into the air, land or water, or
• Stores, transports or disposes of waste

An environmental approval or registration sets out rules of operation for these activities that are intended to protect the natural environment and are legally enforceable.

Section 4.5 of the Ministry’s Environmental Compliance Approval form deals with Source Protection/Drinking Water Threats. Below are some guidance on completing this section:

You can find more information on environmental approvals HERE, or download the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Source Protection Standard Operating Policies HERE.

Class Environmental Assessments for Municipal Infrastructure

The Environmental Assessment (EA) process ensures that governments and public bodies consider potential environmental effects before an infrastructure project begins.

The Municipal Engineers Association is the proponent responsible for the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process for Municipal Public works.

In October 2015, the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment was amended to include additional references to the Clean Water Act and Source Protection Plans (see Municipal Class EA Manual – Section A.2.10 – Relationship of Projects within the Class EA to Other Legislation).

Use this MAP TOOL to determine whether your project is in a vulnerable area.